According to the Florida Highway Patrol, two drivers who were involved in a fatal car accident on April 12 that left a man dead were identified. The crash occurred on Fowler Avenue just east of Interstate 75 in Thonotosassa at approximately 3:15 a.m.
A 30-year-old man was reportedly driving west in a 1985 Chevrolet Camaro when he passed by a 1997 GMC pickup truck. The truck then collided with the Camaro, and the impact from the collision caused the Camaro to overturn, ejecting the driver from the vehicle in the process. The driver of the GMC pickup truck reportedly left the scene of the crash and left his vehicle abandoned near Fletcher Avenue. As two passers-by reportedly attempted to provide aid to the driver who was in the roadway, he was then struck by two different drivers who both fled the scene. The man ultimately died as a result of his injuries.
The driver of the GMC pickup truck was identified as a 41-year-old man. It was not stated in the report if he was taken into police custody. The driver of one of the two vehicles that struck the man as he lay in the roadway later contacted the authorities and identified himself as a 47-year-old man. At the time that the report was released, the other driver who was involved had not been identified. The report stated that charges were pending, but it was not known who they were being filed against.
While it is not known which driver actually caused the death of the man, because all three failed to render aid that may have saved his life, the family members of the deceased man may be able to file a wrongful death claim against them. By filing this claim, the family members may be able to recover the costs of the man’s funeral and potentially even loss of companionship.
Source: The Tampa Tribune, “Drivers identified in fatal crash on Fowler Avenue,” TBO staff, April 13, 2014